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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Providers & Professionals

We believe in cultivating rural resilience, now more than ever. High levels of stress have been present in our agricultural communities. With the economic turmoil associated with COVID-19 we encourage you to learn more about how to support farmers, ranchers, and agriculture workers as they navigate increasing stress. Farm Credit has put together a Free training for you facilitated by providers and professionals who have experience supporting the agricultural community in these uncertain times.

Join us in recognition of

SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS

There is no single cause to suicide. Several factors can increase a person’s risk for attempting or dying by suicide. #BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond. In our rural community, we may know someone who has been affected by a suicide loss or who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. Help promote awareness by sharing graphics and resources on your website/social media or print them out for display at your business/organization.

We have put together two messaging toolkits. Download and share the #BeThe1To message through your network and social media channels. This toolkit can also be printed and posted in order on community bulletin boards, storefront windows, local businesses, and offices.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TOOLKIT IN ENGLISH

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TOOLKIT IN SPANISH
Together, we can prevent suicide by learning to help ourselves, help others, seek consultation from trained providers (hotlines and clinicians) and to seek hospital care when necessary.

A Message from the National Action Alliance on Suicide Prevention

Consider ways to encourage the public to be there for someone who might be struggling or in crisis. Some examples of how someone can #BeThere include:

  • Check in with a friend by phone or text message to see how they are doing.
  • Invite a friend to meet for coffee or to share a meal together.
  • Send a handwritten card to let someone know you are thinking of them.
  • Learn the risk factors and warning signs.
  • Help connect someone who is struggling to professional care.
  • Share the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number (800-273-8255), which provides 24/7, free, and confidential support. For specialized care, military veterans may press ‘1.’ In addition, anyone can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
Informational Resources for Suicide Prevention

Job Site Posters

Agricultural Work Can Be Stressful: Post at your workplace to increase awareness of warning signs and resources available to agriculture workers facing excessive stress.

Agricultural Work Can Be Stressful (In Spanish): Post at your workplace to increase awareness of warning signs and resources available to agriculture workers facing excessive stress.

Printable Brochures

Health & Safety in Rural Communities: Learn the warning signs and resources available to agriculture workers facing excessive stress.

Wallet Size Card

Warning Signs of Suicide Risk & How to Help: This resource can fit in your wallet to serve as a reference if someone you know is at risk.

Download English Version
Download Spanish Version

Upcoming Workshop & Training Announcements

Wed 24

Pláticas – Tenemos Voz: Latino Peer Recovery

February 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thu 25

Pláticas – Latino well-being during COVID-19

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Other Resources

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Washington
  • NAMI Skagit
  • NAMI Whatcom
    • Support Groups (including Survivors of Suicide Loss group)
    • Educational Classes/Workshops
    • Community Presentations
  • NAMI Snohomish
    • Support Groups
    • Educational Classes
    • Community Presentations
Crisis Connections

 

For ongoing, online education:
  • QPR Institute (Question, Persuade, Refer): online suicide prevention training for individuals and professionals, can request in-person training for organization
  • LivingWorks: online and in-person suicide prevention training for individuals and professionals, can request training for organization
  • Rural Resilience: Free Farm Stress Training for Extension Agents to support rural communities and agriculture during this difficult farm economy. Training materials developed by Farm Credit focused on mental health and stress management.
To learn more about additional workshops in Washington State, go to: Suicide Prevention Resource Center: Washington